Atari’s New Console Unveiled, Crowdfunding Likely

Atari’s New Console Unveiled, Crowdfunding Likely

Atari has revealed its new console, the Ataribox. In a press release received by Kotaku, the system will be “delivering classic gaming content, [and] also be delivering current gaming content.”

Two designs are available; one with red/black accents, and another with classic wood-panelling – like Atari’s earliest systems. The console will also feature HDMI, 4x USB ports, and an SD card slot. No further technical specs have been announced. It’s unlikely that the system will be ready for release in 2017.

In a French note to investors (picked up on by Eurogamer), it’s likely that the Ataribox will be crowdfunded to help it reach the market. This was a detail left out of today’s press release.

“To limit risk taking, this product will initially be launched within the framework of a crowdfunding campaign,” the note reads.

We’ll keep you updated on the veracity of this detail.

The Ataribox represents the company’s first new console in over 20 years. Their last system was 1993’s Jaguar. It was deemed a commercial failure, due to the release of the more-popular PlayStation in 1995, and a lofty price tag.



 

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Comments Comments (10)

 
Posted by palmania
On Tuesday 18 Jul 2017 9:09 AM
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The matter to most of gamers nowadays is about the games who join the troop, not console anymore.
 
 
 
Posted by jtbthatsme
On Tuesday 18 Jul 2017 9:37 AM
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I think they'd be better concentrating on a retro box and provide updates to add more games over time (maybe a games store).
 
 
 
Posted by sakuraba
On Tuesday 18 Jul 2017 9:38 AM
4
It looks cool it's like the old one. I hope the controller has more than on button.
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Tuesday 18 Jul 2017 10:13 AM
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To me the crowdfunding is kinda off putting. If they are too scared to put up there own money why should we?
 
 
 
Posted by ReaperCrew
On Tuesday 18 Jul 2017 11:20 AM
1
At least the picture suggests there will be an ethernet network port. On the first read through I was worried that networking wasn't going to be considered.
 
 
 
Posted by zarr0ch
On Tuesday 18 Jul 2017 1:06 PM
1
18 July 2017, 10:13 AM Reply to AdamC
To me the crowdfunding is kinda off putting. If they are too scared to put up there own money why should we?
True, although I would still be tempted to fund them to get one (well...depending on the cost of course)
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Tuesday 18 Jul 2017 1:17 PM
4
Looks nice, sounds ok.
But Id want to see the games going on it, and the infrastructure they'll use, and plans for the future of the system.
 
 
 
Posted by Unfathomable-Ruination
On Tuesday 18 Jul 2017 3:02 PM
1
Reminds me a bit of the 2600, nice. Now Sega, Dreamcast 2 please!
 
 
 
Posted by birdman
On Tuesday 18 Jul 2017 3:27 PM
3
Looks incredible, that wood grain inset! *drools* Crowdfunding is a big alarm to me though, think about Ouya, Chameleon, GameStick, etc.

Hopefully it'll just come pre loaded with Atari Classics and can be possibly used as an MP3 player / streaming device.
 
 
 
Posted by kiwibadboy
On Saturday 22 Jul 2017 10:15 AM
1
Very intriguing, I have many childhood memories with Sega and Atari consoles, so I'll be keeping an eye on this